“How is this legal?” asks Efimova following husband’s arrest

Efimova

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Russian ‘whistleblower’ Maria Efimova has stated on Facebook that her husband has been arrested in Cyprus in the past hours. She has since blamed that this is the doing of “the corrupt of Malta and Cyprus.”

Efimova said that as the guilty were unable to “get to her”, they opted to harm her husband, who according to her, was arrested today under Cypriot warrant over charges which Cyprus had attempted to press on her three years ago but were stopped by the Council of Europe.

In her post, she named Natalia Antoniou, “a nominee signatory in thousands of Cypriot and BVI companies,” and mentioned that Antoniou has multiple accusations against her husband who never met her and never had connections with the companies she is signing for.

The corrupt of Malta and Cyprus join forces once again. Unable to get to me, they decided to harm my husband, who has…

Posted by Maria Efimova on Monday, November 16, 2020

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On Wednesday, Jonathan Ferris and Maria Efimova were charged with perjury following a request for their investigation in the report of the Egrant Inquiry two years ago. But the case had to be referred back to the Court Registrar as Magistrate Joe Mifsud abstained from hearing the case.

The inquiry was prompted by Muscat who was Prime Minister at that time. Daphne Caruana Galizia had published a post stating that according to her sources, the Panama company Egrant belonged to Michelle Muscat. Efimova was considered as the whistleblower of that information.

Maltese authorities issued a European arrest warrant for the Russian national in November 2017, alleging she had made false claims against local police. On 16th January 2018, Cyprus issued a European arrest warrant against Efimova following a complaint filed by the Russian-owned Cypriot company IFD Fragrance Distribution, accused of stealing from the company where she was employed between February 2013 and June 2014. In March, has handed herself in to police in Athens, fearing for her life.

Later in 2018, she was released from Greek custody after the Greek Courts decided that she would not be extradited to Malta since she was the source for Daphne Caruana Galizia’s revelations, and since the mastermind of the assassination of Caruana Galizia was not yet apprehended, and hence, her life would be in danger if extradited to Malta. 

In January 2020, Maria Efimova raised €15,000 to apply for whistleblower status in Malta and pay an “independent company” to verify documents she says will name the real owner of secret offshore company Egrant Inc. This has not been yet concluded.